Principal Leadership Cohort

Principal Leadership Cohort


Series Description

The Principal Leadership Cohort will be developed with State Support Team’s Region 1 school districts to serve as partners in the design and use of targeted professional development, including coaching to foster shared leadership for the full implementation of inclusive instructional practices that improve the results for each child, including students with disabilities.

Principal leaders will gain knowledge of how to deeply engage staff in the process of identifying and implementing evidence-based practices to address problems of practice associated with meeting the needs of students with disabilities and students learning difficulties in inclusive settings.

Principals will explore topics such as Your WHY, Growth Mindset, shared leadership, inclusive practices, Moving Your Numbers, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Visible Learning, coaching, Instructional Rounds, and other resources that can be used in daily practice.


Series Information & Special Presentations

This series will span the 2019-2020 school year. The series consists of six half-day sessions and two full-day sessions. During the two full-day sessions, participants of both the Principal Leadership Cohort and Community School Leadership Cohort, which takes place on the same dates in the afternoon, will have a keynote and presentation: M. Brandon Doubek, Ed.D., on October 22, and Cathy Lassiter, Ed.D., on December 17.

The two full-day sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; the six half-day sessions will be from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All sessions will take place at the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West in Toledo, Ohio. Contact hours are available per meeting. For more information on this series, contact Marty Schloegl, M.Ed., at the State Support Team 1.

The meeting dates are listed below; the full-day sessions are indicated with an asterisk (*):

  • September 17, 2019
  • October 22, 2019*
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 17, 2019*
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 13, 2020*
  • May 5, 2020


Leaders Share Site

Principal Leadership Cohort members will have a secure blog site to post and answer questions, network, find news related to principals and community schools, and share resources and information. This site will also be available to Community School Leadership Cohort members. Each will have separate and common areas.


*The March 17 date was changed to March 13, 2020.

M. Brandon Doubek, Ed.D.



Strategic Applications for Cognitive Rigor | October 22, 2019

Evaluating various levels of rigor is a critical step to increase the effective implementation of standards, instruction, and assessment. By analyzing the target level of rigor for specific standards, scaffolding instruction becomes more concrete. This also has implications for differentiation, intervention, and enrichment. By examining rigor, the path from formative assessments leading to summative measures is not only achievable, but efficient. By identifying levels of rigor, collaborative teams are more aware of the pacing of lessons as they create opportunities for students to become assessment capable learners.

On October 22, 2019, Brandon Doubek, Ed.D., will present Strategic Applications for Cognitive Rigor. The presentation will focus on examining the characteristics of assessment capable learners, analyzing levels of rigor for specific standards, and exploring evidence-based teaching and research as instructional improvement strategies.


About M. Brandon Doubek, Ed.D.

Currently the president of EdSuccess, LLC, and senior partner of Creative Leadership Solutions, M. Brandon Doubek, Ed.D., brings more than 27 years of experience to his work as a leader, teacher, professor, consultant, and researcher. He is also a senior partner with Creative Leadership Solutions. He has provided seminars and implementation in school/district visits for Creative Unit Design, Overview of the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math, Assessment Literacy, Performance Based Assessments, District, Building, and Teacher Collaborative Teams, Data Driven Decision Making, Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching, Nonfiction Writing Across the Curriculum, Response to Intervention, Creative Grading Practices, Differentiated Instruction, Math Pedagogy and the Common Core, Leadership Coaching, and Creative Accountability. He has also modeled instructional and assessment strategies for K-12 classrooms in all content areas. Brandon is known for engaging participants and students through humor and breaking down complex ideas into manageable pieces of information that can easily be implemented.

As a consultant, Brandon has provided leadership, instruction, curriculum, and assessment strategies for over 100 districts across the U.S, Central America and Canada. He has also been a keynote speaker in over 50 districts and a featured presenter at several national and international conferences, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Teaching for Intelligence, 90 90 90 Summits, and the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities. His research articles appear in the International Reading Association’s journal, New Directions in Reading Research, and the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, as well as a chapter contributions on Standards and Assessment in Data Teams Overview: The Big Picture and Contexts of Standards and Assessment in Standards and Assessment: The Core of Quality Instruction.

Brandon was the director of evaluation for the National Urban Alliance in New York for three years in addition to his role as a literacy and thinking skills consultant in 10 school districts in the United States for over six years, and he has been a professor of education at two universities. His knowledge of quantitative (statistical) and qualitative research methods in education led to 12 documents that evaluated existing achievement gaps in districts across the U.S. as diagnostic measures for future school action plans. With this information, Dr. Doubek helped to initiate projects in many districts at their inception. Dr. Doubek was also a trainer of new consultants, specializing in K-12 education and transformational leadership during summer institutes. Brandon performed multiple linear regressions and factor analyses for Dr. Douglas B. Reeves on Planning, Implementing, and Monitoring data which resulted in a recent book by Dr. Reeve’s: Finding Your Leadership Focus: What Matters Most for Student Success.

Brandon shifted from vocal and piano performance to education in California as a teacher of English, senior counselor and building administrator. As a secondary language arts teacher in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston for 15 years, Dr. Doubek served as department chairperson, AP and IB English teacher, and grade-level leader for several English departments. Brandon was also a tenure track professor of leadership, instruction, assessment, research methods, and curriculum at Kean University in New Jersey and an adjunct professor of pedagogy and methodology at the University of Houston. He has written an Annenberg Grant for School Reform, the initiation of his consulting, and he is cited in Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers. However, his most prized accomplishment is the continued communication with former students and participants across the country and internationally, many of whom he has not seen in over 10 years, but who continue to write.

Dr. Doubek holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal and piano performance from Baylor University, graduate certifications from California State University, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, a doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston. He currently resides in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California.


Cathy Lassiter, Ed.D.



Currently a consultant with the AEI Speakers Bureau, Dr. Lassiter is an education expert with over 30 years’ experience as a public school teacher, principal, central office administrator and consultant. She supports large and small districts in the areas of leadership development, school culture, principal and teacher evaluation, collaboration, instruction, assessment and closing achievement gaps. Cathy is the author of Everyday Courage for School Leaders, (Corwin 2017). She also authored The Secrets and Simple Truths of High-Performing School Cultures, published in 2012. She was a contributing author and content editor for Activate: A Leader’s Guide to People, Practices and Processes written with John Hattie and Brian McNulty. Additionally, Cathy was a primary author for the Getting Ready for the Common Core State Standards handbook series, and she was the architect of several leadership development seminars that have been highly successful. Cathy is a high energy, passionate speaker who is in great demand both in the U.S. and in Canada.

Previously, Cathy held a number of leadership positions in her district including; executive director of middle schools, senior director of curriculum, instruction and staff development, middle school principal, and high school department head. While director of curriculum and instruction, her district won the prestigious Broad Prize in Urban Education. This prize is awarded to districts for closing achievement gaps and preparing all students for college and careers. She has also served as an adjunct professor for The George Washington University teaching graduate courses in educational leadership.

As a successful middle school principal, she concentrated on serving the needs of all students by imposing rigorous standards and high expectations. She was named Virginia’s Middle School Principal of the Year for the success of her school. As a nationally recognized teacher, Cathy proved her ability to successfully reach students from all backgrounds.

Cathy earned her doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from The George Washington University.

Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West


The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West is located at 2275 Collingwood Boulevard in Toledo, Ohio. A map with directions to this location is embedded below and available online.



Registration Options


Participants can register through the Ohio Department of Education’s OH|ID Portal* or use the State Support Team 1 online registration form.

*If the professional development activity has more than one date, participants must enter the first date on the first popup calendar and the last date on the second popup calendar for the series to show in the results.